Why Matt Barnes doesn't refer to himself as an NBA champion

 nbcsports.com  05/18/2019 04:14:26  2

Andre Iguodala made the defensive play of the game, but it was Draymond Green who came up with the adjustment that put the Warriors in a position to win Game 2 of the Western Conference finals over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

The Warriors won the game, but for a while there, it certainly didn't seem like that would be the end result. Portland built a 17-point lead on multiple occasions, and led by 15 entering halftime. In the end, it would prove to be just the Warriors' second postseason victory under Steve Kerr in which they trailed by at least 15 points at the half.

Much of the Trail Blazers' first-half success could be attributed to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined for 26 of Portland's 65 points through the first two quarters on 9-of-17 (.529) shooting from the field.

At halftime, Steve Kerr asked his team if they wanted to continue their defensive strategy of blitzing Portland's two best players, which had proven rather ineffective to that point.

As you might expect, Draymond Green felt comfortable sharing his opinion.

"Absolutely," Green responded to Kerr. "In fact, we should blitz harder."

Green was emphatic enough to convince the Warriors to double down on their strategy, and sure enough, it worked.

In the second half, Lillard and McCollum combined for 19 points on 6-of-22 (.273) shooting from the field.

The Warriors went on to win the game 114-111.

Green knows what Lillard and McCollum are capable of, having seen the former hit the series-clinching shot in the first round, and the latter do the same in the second. As he told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes following the victory, Green believes the adjustment should be maintained moving forward.

"We know how that story ends [if we give them one-on-one looks], Green said. That movie is going to end the same way its ended a million times. Whatever gives us the best chance to win, thats what were going to do. And I think more aggression is whats going to give us the best chance to win."

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So, when the Warriors and Blazers meet for Game 3 at Moda Center on Saturday, expect Golden State to continue blitzing Portland's backcourt duo. Of course, the Blazers are bound to make some adjustments of their own, so nothing is certain.

Well, other than Green voicing his opinion. You can always count on that.

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